Pastor Dean was raised in a pastor's home and was saved in evangelistic meetings in his father's church at the age of 14. He was part of a musical outreach team and, through Bible studies with that group, grew to love the Word of God and developed a passion for music ministry. Dean married his high school sweetheart, Brenda, in 1979 and earned Bachelors degrees in Bible and Music Education from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. He went on to earn a Doctorate of Ministry from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary.
He serves as a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, WI, working with adult ministries, outreach, and worship ministries. He started Calvary's NewFocus ministry in 2008 which seeks to reach and disciple those struggling with addictions.
For this retreat, Pastor Dean will be answering the question, "Knowing what I know now, what would my young adult self do to gain a clearer 2020 vision?", seeking to guide young adults looking to chart their life's course by God's compass.